Call to Artists Day Without Art

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CALLING ALL ARTISTS

In 1987 a small group gathered in a San Francisco storefront to document the lives they feared history would forget.  This action served as the beginning of the Names Project, also known as the AIDS Memorial Quilt.  On December 1, 1989 A Day Without Art began as a National Day of Mourning in response to the AIDS Crisis. In 1989 Boston Artists created thousands of 12” x 4” paper prayers in response to a call by Yezerski Gallery. Well-known artists, students, youth, and children did these. In 1992 Medicine Wheel was built in the Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts.  The Medicine Wheel Vigil has become an enduring testimony to HIV/AIDS in our lives. In those early years we were being asked the unimaginable question,

Where would we be without art?  Last year over 1000 visual artists and 250 performing artists took part in Day Without Art.  This year I invite the public and  the artistic community of Boston, New England and beyond to give testimony and invite reflection on the power of art to help us navigate and facilitate who we are for ourselves and who we can be for one another. 

For visual artists: create a 1 foot by 1 foot  charcoal drawing of someone you love write something about love

1 Charcoal and paper are available for pick up at Medicine Wheel 110 K Street, South Boston, MA 02127.

2 We can arrange to deliver supplies  to you or your groups

3 You can join us at Medicine Wheel beginning Monday October 8th and work on your drawing  here:

  • Mondays, 9:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Tuesdays, 1:00 pm -7:30 pm
  • Wednesday, 10:00 am -5:00 pm
  • Thursday, 3:00 pm- 7:00 pm
  • Fridays , 9:00 am- 5:00 pm

v  Drawings  need to be returned to Medicine Wheel by November 24th or to the BCA by noon on November 26th, or call us at 617-268-6700  for pick up

For performing artists: Help us sanctify Medicine Wheel by making an artistic offering of  poetry, song, dance, music or performance.  Each year we invite artists to offer a breathtaking experience to mark each hour of the 24-hour vigil.

For the spiritual community:
Mark one of the 24 hours with a blessing, prayer, ritual or meditation

For the public:  Please complete a page with a story or definition of love or the

 Click to read more about this project

Vigil begins at 11:30 pm, Friday  11/30/18 and goes for the full 24 hours of Saturday  12/01/18

Gather at 11:30 on Friday November 30 for a processional walk into the
Boston Center for the Arts, Cyclorama
539 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116

For more info call 617-268-6700 or 617-872-6065

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